Cancer Focus Northern Ireland


Meet the team

Roisin Foster

Chief Executive

Roisin has been Chief Executive since 2010.  She has worked in the voluntary sector since 1985, primarily in the disability sector.  Sponsored by NICVA, Roisin completed an MSc in voluntary sector management in 2006.

Patricia Barrett

Head of Administration

Patricia worked in the private and public sector before being appointed Head of Administration in 1999.  Her role incorporates human resources, finance, I.T. and facilities management.

Gerry McElwee

Head of Cancer Prevention

Gerry has trained professionals in and campaigned for healthier policy for over 20 years. He is central to local tobacco control efforts, including the campaign for a smoke free Northern Ireland. A qualified teacher, Gerry has been Head of Cancer Prevention since 1999.

Liz Atkinson

Head of Care Services

Liz began a nursing career before moving into senior management roles in the voluntary sector.  She became Head of Care Services in 2005 and brings vast experience and knowledge of patient care, specialist service provision and policy on cancer related issues.

Joyce Savage

Head of Communications

Joyce was appointed as Head of Communications in 2014 and has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years.  Joyce is responsible for all external and internal communications for Cancer Focus.

Catherine Hogan

Head of Retail

Catherine has worked in senior management roles within the voluntary sector since 1984. She was appointed Head of Retail at Cancer Focus in September 2013.

Maeve Colgan

Head of Income Generation

Maeve was appointed as Head of Income Generation in 2014 and has worked in the voluntary sector for eight years.  Maeve is responsible for fundraising and building relationships with corporate and community groups throughout Northern Ireland.




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